- An example of to relate is someone expressing how busy they've been and their friend understands because they have also been very busy.
- An example of to relate is someone telling another about the events of their day.
transitive verb-·lat′ed, -·lat′ing
- to tell the story of or give an account of; narrate; recount
- to connect or associate, as in thought or meaning; show as having to do with; show a relation between: to relate theory and practice
Origin of relatefrom Classical Latin relatus, past participle of referre, to bring back: see refer
- to have some connection or relation (to)
- to show sympathetic understanding and awareness in one's personal relationships
- to understand and sympathize or agree with someone or something: with to: I can't relate to what you're saying
- to have reference (to)
verbre·lat·ed, re·lat·ing, re·lates
- To give an account of (an occurrence, for example); narrate. See Synonyms at describe.
- To establish or demonstrate a connection between: I related his grumpiness to a lack of sleep.
- To have connection, relation, or reference: how education relates to income; a question relating to foreign policy.
- To have or establish a social relationship; interact: She relates well to her peers.
- To understand or react favorably to someone or something: I just can't relate to these new fashions.
Origin of relateObsolete French relater from Old French from Latin relātus past participle of referre re- re- lātus brought ; see telə- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present relates, present participle relating, simple past and past participle related)
- To tell in a descriptive way.
- To give an association.
- To make a connection or correlation from one thing to another.
- (intransitive) To have a connection.
- I find it difficult to relate to others because i'm extremely introverted.
- (intransitive) To interact.
- (intransitive) To respond through reaction.
- (intransitive, with to) To identify with, understand.
From Latin relÄtus, perfect passive participle of referÅ (“carry back; report").